Environmentalists with the Sierra Club are pushing the Corvalis, Ore. City Council to approve an ordinance to ban retailers from bagging sold goods in plastic, reported the Corvalis Gazette-Times.
The group has collected around 600 signatures on its way to a goal of 1,000 by Nov. 7 in support of the plastic bag ban, which they plan to present to the City Council, according to the article.
Proponents of the measure said the ordinance is similar to one recently passed in Portland, but a little more broad in that the Corvalis ban would apply to all retailers, the Gazette-Times reported. The first U.S. city to ban single-use plastic bags was San Francisco. Portland was the first Oregon city to do so.
The Corvalis law, if approved, would allow stores to charge retail customers a five-cent fee for a paper bag.
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